I Tried A 7 Item Capsule Wardrobe | Refinery29

Hey guys, it’s Mi-Anne. Did you know… The average American uses
just 20 percent of their closet, buys 64 new
pieces of clothing, and throws away 70 pounds
of textiles yearly. I have a crazy amount
of clothing. This week, I decided to rethink
the items that I wear daily by challenging
myself to choose seven pieces of clothing and style them into seven
different outfits. This isn’t going to be your
run-of-the-mill minimalist wardrobe, though. Don’t get me wrong, I love
a good basic. But I want to show you guys
that you can love color, you can love
texture, you can love prints, you can love trends without
having a closet that’s bursting at the seams. I’m choosing seven pieces,
and I’m going to divide them up into trend
pieces and basics. I have four trend pieces, and
they all harken back to Spring-Summer 2019
Fashion Week trends. The first of which is a
Bermuda suit combo. So, I saw a bunch of Bermuda
suit combos at shows like Dion Lee,
Emelia Wickstead, and Tibi. The next item is a tie dye tee. So, we saw a lot of tie dye
at shows like Prada, Stella McCartney. Next up is a bright mustard
orange top inspired loosely by the neon orange
ensembles I saw at Carolina Herrera,
Christian Cowan, and Oscar De La Renta. The final trend is probably
my favorite, and it is Teva sandals, and we saw
them at Sandy Liang, John Elliott. So, I’m going to wear these
as my only shoe item for the entire week. But I couldn’t just have a
wardrobe full of trend pieces, I also went with a few basics. One dress, it’s a white tent dress in a linen fabric, very breathable
and flow-y. A lilac wrap skirt. And a black blazer. I am no fashion connoisseur, so before going into this week,
I decided that it would be in my best interest to talk
to my friend, Michelle. Michelle Li is a stylist,
she’s also a fashion editor. So, Michelle gave me some
really, really great styling tips, threw in a couple of kind of, weird out-there styling
techniques. One really good way to do it
is just by cinching it in the back. Like, you tie it up in a knot at the bottom at the hem. How crazy would it be if you
styled something over the blazer, so maybe you should try that. A lot of people have been
doing like, those scarves as tops, and I feel like a
silky wrap skirt is just like, a longer
version of that. You chose really good items, and they’re going to be
really versatile! So, I guess there’s been
enough rambling, and we should just get into it. Hey guys, so it is day one, and we’re starting off with a bang. I’ll show you. This is the outfit. There’s a little bit of tie dye
underneath here, and then I’m going to pair it with Tevas, which might be a controversial topic. Let me know in the comments
below if you would wear Tevas. So, this is day one. I love this bermuda suit. It is so comfortable. It has a great structure,
kind of 80s style shoulder pads. Wearing the tie dye shirt
underneath it, though, makes it so fun. It gives it a little bit of color,
a pop, an edge. It brings it a little bit out of
the workwear realm. I think it’s so cute, I got
so many compliments on the tie dye shirt – blazer combination. All right, day two, reimagining the Bermuda
shorts. this is the fit. Same Bermuda shorts paired
with the orange, one shoulder top, and then the tie dye shirt kind of wrapped around as
a pop of color. And also, can act as a
pseudo-jacket if I’m out and cold, so this
is the look. I love day two’s outfit. It was so fun, it was
so comfortable. Tying the tie dye shirt
around the waist gives it a little hit of color. It makes it a little bit more
fun and creative. And the tie dye shirt comes
in handy; if I got cold, I would just slap
it on overtop in lieu of a jacket. Good morning everyone! It is day three of the
outfit challenge, and I’m wearing something
a little more on the spring-y side today. A wrap shirt with the
orange top. I really love wrap skirts. They are so easy to have in
your closet. You can throw them on
under things. They layer really well. They
layer well over things. And I’m gonna be on my way! This is a pretty neutral
outfit, I think one that I can definitely see
myself wearing over and over again like, on a
Saturday, going to the farmer’s market,
going to get groceries. Just sitting on my balcony
drinking coffee. So, it was definitely a fun one. Hello guys! We are back with another
outfit, it’s a brand new day. And we are wearing the wrap
skirt in a different way. Here’s the look. I am wearing the white tent
dress today, and then I actually layered
the wrap skirt over the dress not only to cinch
in the waist a bit, but to give it a pop of color,
a little bit of a textural difference. And then I threw the blazer on
over it just to make it look a little
a little work appropriate. See y’all later. We are halfway through this
trend challenge, and I gotta say, I am not tired of the
clothing yet. I like this look a lot. I think that it feeds into
my love of boxier shapes and structures. But the wrap skirt being a
different fabric helps add a bit of textural
intrigue as well. Hey guys, we are back with
the fifth outfit today, wearing the tie dye shirt
again, which I am realizing is just one of my favorite pieces
that I chose for this challenge. It is so fun, it’s so bright. It makes me feel so happy
to put it on. So, here we are. Tie dye shirt layered over
the white tent dress. I decided to crop it by folding it and then tied it in the back. Excited to wear it! Day five! I really liked this dress look. I think pairing the tie dye
shirt with the dress, since the dress is so
minimal and basic, just made it more fun. Like, adding tie dye to anything just makes everything
more fun. That’s just the takeaway
from the entire week. Styling tip #1: When in doubt,
throw some tie dye over it. Hello, guys. Back with the second-to-last
day of the challenge. I am wearing the wrap
skirt again, but this time as a top. If you didn’t know this was a skirt, I think you would just
think it’s a top. Let me show you. Boom! This is what we’re working with. Really like the top! I basically just tied it in the
back very tightly. You can add a pin if you want
to make sure that it’s like, not going to move anywhere, but it’s pretty secure. Then, I tucked the rest of the
skirt into the Bermuda shorts, and because the wrap skirt
is a very thin material, it tucked really easily, you
can’t see it peeking out or anything like that. I’m really proud of the way
this one came out. I think the outfit came out
super, super cute. I wore it out to a dinner. It didn’t fall down. I saw a couple of people
that day and they could not tell that it was
a wrap skirt. I think that if you do it
properly and you tuck in your skirt enough,
it looks like it’s just a nice flowy, textured tube top. Hey guys, so we are on the
final day of the challenge. I’ve got kinda the craziest
outfit of the week on right now. So this is what we’re
working with. I really like it. When Michelle told me that
this blazer might look cool with a top layered over it,
I was like, “You’re crazy. This is not gonna look good.” I really like it. So what I did was, I took the
blazer and I wrapped it quite tightly around my body,
pinned it on the side so that it stayed put. And then put this orange
one shoulder top over it as a layering piece,
and I think it looks really awesome. I would never have thought
that a blazer could be anything more than a blazer,
but if my friendship with Michelle has showed me
anything it’s that if you have the creativity and
the tenacity to go for random things, you
can make some really cool outfits if you just
push yourself there. I think that this entire
week of outfits has shown me that waking
up and forcing yourself to rethink the items you have
in your closet is a really fun way to
creatively challenge yourself. Do I think this is something
that I’m going to do every single day for the rest
of my life? Realistically no. But I think that now that I
know that I can do this, now that I’ve seen how you
can take run-of-the-mill, you’re average
clothing pieces and turn them into something
really exciting even though you’ve had them
for years, I definitely can see myself
doing that a little more than I
used to. And that’s really all
you can ask for. Thanks so much for
watching, guys. Click here to subscribe
to Refinery29. And click here to watch
another video. Bye.


  • Which look did you love the most? 💜

  • I may be old, but when did t(ee)va become teva??? And become cool again?

  • I like the outfits!

  • This DEFINITELY wasn’t my style I didnt really like the outfits but u do u boo but day 5 is def for sure my favorite

  • I think the whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to choose your basic clothes and then add in pops of colour from accessories/jackets? You don’t need to limit yourself to 7 items just adapt your key base items.

  • I love capsule wardrobes but these outfits are not very my style to say the least…

  • Day 5 was actually pretty cute outfit! C:

  • The dress and shirt combo was okay, except the shoes… Hmmm
    And the last outfit was kinda eccentric, something about it kinda speaks to me. Maybe it's the concept. Nothing I would wear but it was interesting.

  • All the outfits look like a hobo found a bag of “trendy” clothes……… I’m sorry 😖😖🙊 love your confidence though!

  • The shoes….. Oh god the shoes 😂😂

  • Love the idea the outfits though…

  • No. Just NO!

  • Your taste in fashion sucks!

  • I like the clothing/outfit choices, but the sandals… no.

  • Unlike everyone else I don't mind the outfit choices! Chill, unexpected, and vibrant!

  • 😬

  • 1st outfit: 2:38
    2nd outfit: 3:38
    3rd outfit: 4:30
    4th outfit: 5:20
    5th outfit: 6:40
    6th outfit: 7:40
    7th outfit: 8:35

  • Girl.

  • this ain’t it

  • Hi Mi-Anne,
    I just wanted to say that I'm not trying to bash you, or make fun of you. That being said, I just think that you should have considered investing in some "actual" basics. Even though I'm not a fan of all of these outfits, I think your confidence was really cool. Even so, I would also consider buying clothes that actually fit you instead of relying on trendy pieces to try and conceal it. Maybe I, and most of the viewers, don't agree with your style choices because fashion is different in your area ! Xx

  • hire me bih, ill make you look 10x better than whatever youre wearing rn. smh.

  • this video is terrible. none of these outfits suited your body. hell, i dont think they suit anyone but whatever. You would expect when you put that much effort into outfits they would turn out halfway decent. like idk what this style would be called "tried too damn hard for the hobo aesthetic". and then you have the audacity to ask which one we like the most….

  • I love Emilia Fart but like she does this so much better than you.

  • omg all of these outfits look like Ace Ventura trying to break into the mental hospital.

  • fuck yes! to the Tevas and socks. I have a pair of white ones form the han køjbenhavn collab and the socks just make them so playful and very on trend. I think it sucks that everyone in the comments is hating on your choices. You are showing with the choices that a capsule wardrobe doesn't have to be 80% teeshirts and jeans.
    I LOVE your choices. I envy your style and how it is so unapologetic bold. don't change a thing <3

  • Apart from day four (which was slightly tolerable) all of these outfits where badly styled and the silhouettes did nothing for her body pls somebody get this girl a stylist. Period

  • Oh my the comments 😂😂😂. What I think went wrong is the choice of clothing and shoe. Clothing was a bit ill fitting, and a simple oxford flat would have been better than the tevas

  • I think that the quality of the clothes are really bad and also the combinations for me are way off. The challenge is fun but the execution was not good at all. For me she looks trashy.

  • Why does she have her own series? There are so many other talented designers and stylist that dress way better.

  • ugly clothes

  • White dress + blazer
    Wrap skirt + buttoned blazer to show some cleavage
    But those sandals… OMG hard no.

  • This video is physically hurting me.

  • i hope they filmed this in one day and not actually the whole week, because those fits are atrocious.

  • So…. no jeans?

  • Lmao the likes and dislikes are almost equal dead

  • oh my. each outfit more grotesque than the last.

  • Was her fashion of sense always this…. eccentric? 😳

  • maybe I just have no taste but I liked the first one? didn't like the shoes though. but the rest were NOT it

  • Yikes 😬 the items picked go together horribly*…they don’t match each other *at all in terms of color, silhouette, or style. For a capsule wardrobe you want simple/timeless pieces that can pair together in a variety of ways, not 6 ultra-trendy pieces you have to try unsuccessfully to mash together 😫

  • Michelle did you dirty….

  • am i the only one who liked all the outfits:O guess i'm used to japanese fashion so the socks and sandals combo doesn't surprise me + no one dares to try out a capsule wardrobe with a lot of colours in it so congrats for your bravery and making it look good!

  • WOW.. she can't be serious.. I hope she was pranking us 😂

  • It feels like she was trying to do a “wearing 7 things I don’t wear for a week” challenge instead of a normal capsule wardrobe

  • Mi-Anne- please try vegan makeup and explore what makes makeup vegan and non vegan! Thanks!

  • this made me sad because so bad.

  • girl…

  • I love the concept but the execution was lacking. Still love you tho! Fellow double name chica!

  • After those outfits I'm just here for the comments….

  • The first one was kinda cute and the wrap skirt top would have looked way better wothout the Tevas and socks :^/ the rest were….

  • Do not take this personally but it was awful…

  • Those socks thooooo… Why?

  • I don't understand all those negative comments. Yeah it may not be my style, but why should it be? It's all about her style and her aesthetics and it's her who should feel good in these clothes. She looked like a happy, colourful, confident person who has fun with fashion and is not afraid of experimenting with it. Very nice and refreshing video! Thanks for inspiring me, for sure I'm gonna try to emulate the first outfit.

  • when you start running out of clean clothes but you still don’t feel like doing laundry so you’re stuck wearing whatever is in your closet?

  • I liked certain pieces individually, but not the outfits. AND I couldn't stand the sandals. Sorry. I normally like your style though.

  • Read the comments about 1 minute into the video and turned it off 😂 too scared to see the end result

  • umm……. those outfits tho……

  • Socks and sandals? OMG are you from Poland? 😀

  • Did you really wear these not good outfits?? Except for a minute to shoot

  • That slipper is no no with every outfit you wear

  • U are really bad at styling

  • Oh jeez… All of these outfits are terrible in my opinion especially paired with those socks and shoes… the only outfit that didn’t look bad was the tie dyed shirt and white dress, but only if she wore different shoes. I’m not usually one to leave comments like this but I’m surprised she thought they looked good. Props for having the confidence to wear that around town though!

  • clearly u got no clue what da fcuk u doing ….

  • Nope, nope, nope.

  • Came here for the comments 😂😂😂GIRL THEM OUTFITSSSS OH NO BABY WHAT IS YOU DOIN 😂😂😂😂 I CANT LMAO

  • oh no honey

  • Fashion is supposed to be fun! And that's why I like the bright colours and the 1980's vibes here! Just relax a bit, guys 🙂

  • you really miss the point of capsule wardrobe girl.. also using fast fashion pieces for a concept that's against fast fashion is just… idk even

  • Thank god everyone else hated the outfits as well, like I get it she didn't wanna create the basic jeans and top scenario but the skirt on the dress with the blazer and those sandals….
    Also, they'd be a little less hideous if the clothes were ironed.

  • Drop the white socks they look awful .

  • for boring person like me ~ not living in ny~ everything was awful and ugly ~ im out !

  • Can you Guys do this video again, but maybe with more everyday looks?! 😊🌈

  • Sorry but erm nope, if I went out like that were I lived, everyone would think I am on the weed and I live in the countryside. Tevas are what my granny wears or walkers

  • I think7 item capsule wardrobe would be best with mostly basics and only 1-2 statement pieces. The silk skirt seemed more statement than basic. Also, I would have gone with a neutral tank top instead of the orange one shoulder

  • These outfits suck. They did nothing for her.

  • What a mess!!!

  • please do a do over of this concept. Those shoes are horrible maybe some Nike Hauraches.. just because its on the runway does not mean we need to wear it….

  • Socks should never be worn with sandals. Ever.

  • I wouldn't wear Tevas like ever but you made them look really cute. One critique cuter or more fun socks under the Tevas.

  • i honestly liked most of the outfits but to be honest those sandals with socks were just not it 😀

  • What is up with America's obsession with tie dye?

  • 2, 4, and 6 ♥️

  • Why are people dressing like this? Looks like a dare to wear / safiya style, but she didn't look like doing this for fun

  • Ooooh no girl, these were terrible.

  • Loving the quirky sense of style! Always fun to see different takes on the capsule wardrobe. It's a breath of fresh air to witness some more colours involved in the decision process, so keep being you.

  • All I'm gonna say is … brave

  • 🥶🥶🥶🥶

  • Man, I actually liked the socks with tevas and the only outfit I liked was the first one 😂

  • Wooow! Number 7! Maybe consider that friendship again. 🤣

  • i am confusion… basics…? inspired by those runway looks…? it doesn't… i mean… what? they are all so bad. oh whatever. work bitch.

  • ISSA NO 🗣

  • Are Tevas are a throwback from the early 2000’s?

  • She has a very unique sense of style … do you mama !

  • A 3rd top…no socks….no wrap skirt ….and it would have worked

  • Why did I love everything!!!! Such an interesting and brave take on the capsule wardrobe trend 🖤

  • — no disrespect darling but you went out in public wearing that(??)

  • I'm trying to figure out if this is a joke?! Did she really wear this in public? The socks. The shoes. The top over the blazer. What?!?! I was waiting for her to say we got punkd

  • I’m sorry…you’re telling me you wore teva’s and Nike socks to DINNER??

  • Fashion editors are so full of themselves and dress like idiots. Having said so, Mi outfits were great

  • All the outfits were terrible sorry no offence, you should do this thing with a another person

  • N…no….

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *